Medical Issues Behind Him, Jersey’s Denis Douglin Looks to Climb Boxing Ranks
Four years ago, I met junior middleweight Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin, then an undefeated boxer with press growing due to his boxing skills and due to the fact that his trainer is his mother Saphya Douglin. When Denis informed the world via Facebook about the cancellation of his last fight, I had to see if the person, Denis, was ok. The Marlboro resident got back to me and assured that everything is fine.
“The cancellation of my last fight came down to a miscommunication,” Douglin started. “I had liver and kidney problems last year but still got approved to fight, so we never went for new blood work since I’ve been better.”
Douglin’s May 17th bout fell by the wayside due to medical reasons, but Douglin accepts the blame for the error.
“The doctor at the fight felt I wasn’t fit to fight based on blood work he saw from last year in October,” the fighter explained. “I found out late in the game that I needed new blood work and we couldn’t get it done in time. The doctor was just looking out for my best interest so I understand. It’s my fault for not staying on top of that stuff.”
Always one to roll with the punches, Douglin (16-3, 10 KO) used the time wisely as he prepared for his June 6 fight with Charles Whittaker (40-15, 24 KO) in Miami.
“I feel great going into my fight in June,” Douglin said. “I’m already in top shape because I was supposed to fight last Saturday, now we are just focusing on improving little things with the extra time we have.”
Riding a two-fight win streak and success on the NuvoTV show Knockout, Douglin knows how the importance of every fight because you never know who is watching.
“Being on the show was a great opportunity and experience,” Douglin stated. “Although not too many people watch the show, it got a lot of attention from some important people. Going out there (Vegas) was great for my confidence. I sparred with good fighters did well. Hearing trainers like Floyd Mayweather Sr., Ruben Guerrero, and Yoel Judah all tell me I have the work ethic and skill to be a world champion was a great feeling. Winning for weight got me this fight in June, so I’m truly grateful for the experience.”
Since his health issues are under control keep an eye and ear out for Denis as he continues his climb back up the boxing ranks.
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